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GOP Maine Representative Hits New Low In Suggesting It's Okay To Rape Women

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If you can't beat abortion legislation, rape the women. That's a loose translation of the inflammatory remarks made by Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst). Via Raw Story:

If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman?” Lockman said. “At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

"Rape doesn't (in most cases) result in anyone's death?" Whoa there, Mr. Representative. Are you kidding? Some things like psychological scarring and permanent physical damage result that can be far worse than death. And suicides by rape victims are statistically significant according to Suicide.org.

-Rape has long-term emotional consequences that can lead to suicide.
-It is quite common for rape victims to suffer from depression.
-And untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.
-About 33% of rape victims have suicidal thoughts.
-About 13% of rape victims will attempt suicide.
-Suicide attempts may occur years after the rape.

Reality calling Rep. Lockman. Please come in. It's as if this Neanderthal is saying, if I can't stop you from getting an abortion, then you can't stop me from raping you. If you get pregnant, you have the legal way to get rid of the fetus. So tough noogies.

Rep. Lockman should be under a psychologist's care. He's not safe out on the streets and certainly not safe sitting in the state capital as a voting member of the Maine legislature. He's not just a one issue nutjob, anti-abortion. Here's a bit more about him:

In one of the quotes posted on the blog, Lockman falsely suggested HIV and AIDS could be spread by bed sheets and mosquitos, and he also said the progressive movement helped spread the virus by claiming “the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted and depraved crime against humanity.”

“[Lockman is a] disturbed individual who holds some of the most abhorrent beliefs ever heard from a public official in Maine,” said Ben Grant, the state’s Democratic Party chairman in a statement Tuesday.

More and more these wackadoos are coming to light. And they aren't all made of the same whole cloth. But they seem to all have on thing in common -- they're Republicans. As we saw in Arizona with their recent smokescreen anti-gay law (vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer), the right wing, evangelical fraction is still out there, and still active.

Their old ideas just won't die. Perhaps like the old soldiers of Gen. MacArthur's day, over time they will just fade away.

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Not Passing Same Sex Marriage In Hawaii Will Cost $2.17 Billion in Lost Revenue

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If the Republicans have their way in Hawaii, nobody's going to get lei'd.

Republicans in Hawaii say they don't care. They're adamant about not passing same sex marriage in their state of Hawaii. And their reason? Don't have one. From KITV-News, throwing away $2.17 Billion should be something they think long and hard about when their state stays solvent on tourism dollars.

According to Yahoo statistics:

Nearly 8 million travelers — 7,998,815, to be exact — visited the islands in 2012. That's an increase of nearly 10 per cent over the previous year. It also breaks the previous record of 7.6 million visitors marked in 2006, before the financial crisis and recession encouraged travelers to stay home.

Travelers spent a record $14.3 billion in Hawaii last year. This is nearly 19 per cent more than they spent in 2011 and it beats the annual spending record of $12.8 billion marked in 2007.

The agency expects continued growth this year, with the visitors expected to exceed 8 million in 2013 and spending forecast to top $14.8 billion.

What's at stake here is a lot of money as well as justice. When Prop 8 was struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this year, the signal had been sent out that laws against same-sex marriage were discriminatory. Evidently the word hasn't gotten out as far as Hawaii yet. Or maybe they just mis-heard the Conch Shell message. At least by those Republicans in the Hawaiian state legislature.

The amazing thing is that the financially strapped state makes a majority of its money in the tourism business. 80% of commerce on the islands is tourism related. Without the millions of guests annually, the state could not exist.

So what would happen if same-sex marriage were to become legal in our 50th State? Most likely a huge bounce in wedding destinations. With those weddings come guests. With the guests, come spending. Huge increased revenue.

As it is, Hawaii is considered a premiere honeymoon destination. Think now if all of those couples were to have their whole wedding parties in the state, holding services there as well. They would need to build more islands just to hold the overflow.

It's time for the republicans, who are the ones trying to stack the legislative committee to rule against this bill coming to the floor to stop and take an assessment of what they're doing. The entire state's economy is predicated on strong tourism. All they have to do is what's right and fair. It's bad enough they discriminate against their own Native Hawaiian people. They must fix that and at the same time, do what's best for all who live and work in Hawaii.

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Show your colors. The rainbow of colors. Legalize same sex marriage and reap the rewards.

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A GOP God By Any Other Name

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Ronald Reagan is considered a God by the Republicans. They don’t have a more revered man in their history than the Gipper, or perhaps Lincoln – but today he wouldn't pass the Tea Party sniff test.

Ronnie is their man. Hold yourself up to him if you want to be a leader of the GOP. But don’t trust me with this, trust the entire Jackass party.  Take former house foreign relations chairperson, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R- Fl). She’s making the rounds, with multiple visits to that bastion of Republicanocity – Fox TV News.

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She, like so many others, rally the GOP and Tea Party troops with reverential recalling of the glory days of the Gipper and friends.

Not surprisingly, Lawrence O’Donnell raised more than an eyebrow at the congresswoman’s Obama attacks by saying our current president doesn't stack up to the stellar record of our 40th president.

Let’s see, Arms for Hostages. Iran-Contra. Eleven tax raises. Jailing the mentally ill. And now we find out Reagan sold chemical agents to Iraq which allowed them to gas their own people.

It’s just too easy to ask, “What is wrong with these Reaganites?” Well, Larry O lays it out pretty well. Maybe this should be the the GOP’s official party film at their 2016 national convention. Take a look at what Republicans find a hero:

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Video- Scarborough Blasts GOP Over Gov't Shutdown: 'They just made themselves so irrelevant.'

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Liz Cheney, Fish-gate Scandal, A Whale Of A Tale

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I'm sure we were waiting with baited breath (a little pun there, you'll see) what the final dispensation would be in the Liz Cheney Fish-gate scandal. (see, bait, fish -- okay, bad pun). Well, wait no longer. It seems that scam artist Liz Cheney, daughter of former number two, aka commander-in-abstentia, the grand George Bush puppeteer, Dick Cheney, pleaded guilty to lying on her fish and game application. She knowingly gave false information to qualify for a state license as a resident vs. non-resident.

So how much money is senate candidate Liz Cheney willing to lie for? Well, I'll do the math for you: A resident license costs $24, a nonresident one is a bit more pricey, $92. That's a difference of 68 bucks.

Oh, if you throw in the $220 fine (actually $180 fine and $40 court costs) plus the $24 she paid upon application when lying that she met residency requirements, this whole hullabaloo cost her a grand total of $312 (for a $92 license).

That's chicken feed compared to what her father lied for -- his Haliburton millions were in the 100's. Not to mention all of the human lives, men and women who died so he could stage a war to profiteer both personally and for his friends and business acquaintances.

Jackson Hole News & Guide reports:

She has said that she did not know one was required to live in Wyoming for the immediately previous 365 days to qualify as a resident.

Violation constitutes a high misdemeanor.

When asked about her signing a false statement, Ms. Cheney immediately took to her instinctive defensive posture and blamed the clerk.

She said she never told the clerk who sold the license she lived in the state for 10 years, although the clerk marked her application “10” under the category of years of residency.

The  old, blame it on someone else defense. I guess we're to believe that the clerk just made up the number of years, picking 10 as it was a round number.

Time will tell how well today's Liz and Dick do in the Wyoming senate race. Look for Halliburton to promise to put in some huge paramilitary complex should Cheney win the election. Nothing like a good incentive should those fine folks in Wyoming be seriously considering between her and incumbent Senator Mike Enzi.

It might actually be worth it to vote for her just to get her out of the state.

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No Work, No Pay In Illinois

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Oh, that great state of Illinois, the land of Lincoln. You make us all proud today. We're especially proud of your Comptroller Judy Topinka.

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Here's the background, from Tammy Webber as reported by the Associated Press.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers' paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.

Gov. Pat Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month, saying it wouldn't be restored until lawmakers addressed the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. He also suspended his own pay.

"It is my deep hope that this matter is resolved expeditiously," either by a court or by lawmakers agreeing on a solution to the pension crisis, said Topinka, who undertook a legal review to determine if Quinn's actions were constitutional.

Oh, how lovely it would be if this sort of gentle nudge (though the lawmakers call it extortion) would be put upon a number of other public elected officials. Then watch how quickly they move. You're going to see land speed records set for passing a pension protection bill in the Illinois house. August 1 is the next due date for a legislative payment. Who doesn't think that within ten days they have a bill, it's voted on, passed and signed?

A provision of the Illinois Constitution says changes in lawmaker salary should not take effect during the term in which they were elected. But Quinn cited the prior court ruling and said he isn't changing their salary, just withholding the money to pay it.

Quinn, a Chicago Democrat who used his line-item veto power in a budget bill to suspend the pay as a way to spur lawmakers to action, issued a statement saying Topinka came to the right conclusion and reiterating his vow to hold fast on his decision.

"Nobody should be paid until the job gets done for taxpayers," Quinn said.

Perhaps if we could get an executive decision by Obama, not to change congressional salaries, but just not fund the account that the moneys are paid from, maybe we wouldn't have so much gridlock. Maybe there is a legal way around this time-wasting that the GOP is so fond of. They want to be obstructionists? Let them. Just don't collect a viable check while doing it.

Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP Vies For The Women's Vote

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